In Solar Fox, your mission is to guide a space ship though a solar cell matrix and collect as many of the solar cells as you can. When all of the cells in a matrix have been collected, you move on to the next round. Each matrix is guarded by two sentinels trying to stop you. The sentinels wander around the perimeter of the matrix, and will shoot fireballs at your spaceship which can destroy it. You are unarmed, so your only defense against the fireballs is to avoid them. To help you out a bit, your ship is capable of flying at two different speeds. Each round begins with a 'skip-a-rack' timer; if you collect all solar cells before this timer runs out, you will earn bonus points and skip ahead a level. The game ends when you have lost all of your space ships.
September 2, 2018 Subject:
Seriously underrated Golden Age gem
Solar Fox is kind of a combination between Pac-Man and Asteroids -- that's the best description I can think of immediately. I don't know how popular it was in the arcades, but the CBS Electronics port for the Atari 2600 is, in my opinion, one of the most addictive games available for that console. I must admit I like the home version better if only for the fact that you can adjust speed in-game (in the arcade version the player pre-picks a ship speed before the game starts). You can't fire in the 2600 version, but I found this does not make a lot of difference (it is nice to be able to temporarily freeze the ships firing at you, however). If you like shooters and maze games, Solar Fox offers the best of both worlds.
February 2, 2017 Subject:
Seems like a mix of galaga and space invaders